An architectural thesis is the most important step in the academic life of an architecture student. It is ideally supposed to be the best effort generated throughout the academic life of a student. As it involves putting all the knowledge gained during the course of 5 years into producing a topic from an individual’s perspective which situates the current scenario of this rapidly growing world.

Here are some tips to choose the best topics for your thesis project.

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1. Area of interest

Architecture is a vast subject and spending a good few years in this field should inform you about a particular area you are interested in. There are buildings that fascinate us and stand out from the rest which has come from a peculiar interest. We develop a way to solve problems related to design which is very different from others. Knowing the area of interest will help us pick a project which will reveal our full potential and caliber.

2. Seeking advice from others

Seeking help from the faculty or seniors will help give us a better perspective in regard to what the jury expects from us. Choosing topics after consulting with seniors and faculty will aid in examining minute details before settling for a topic. A reference list is given to students at the time of selection for the topic that helps create new ideas for the project. You can even take steps to communicate with firms and leading architects who execute a project of similar interest.

3. Observe the current situation

When choosing a topic, one should consider the current situation that affects the economy or the environment. This is because an architect plays an important role in society and contributes to solving these problems. There is a need to address the problems and provide practical solutions related to architecture and the built environment.

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4. An adequate source of information

While considering a topic one should be aware if adequate information is available on the internet and other sources regarding the topic. This is to make sure you make the right and apt decision concerning the problem while having quality information in your hand. The more information you have, the more it can create a positive impact on your design.

5. Do not miss the tiny steps

The architecture of a project is a very lengthy process. Every detail requires in-depth research. When the thesis project is presented to the jurors, every minute detail from the start to the end should be there.

6. Choose a flexible topic

Your topic should be flexible and include challenging aspects that make you deliver a creative project in the end. Choosing a flexible topic will help you analyze various aspects and lenses of the project which can then be concluded to a single lens.

7. Genre

It is advised to avoid projects that include typologies that lie on an urban level. This is because the project includes many buildings at the same time, and one must invest a lot of time and energy which can drain the person out. A suggested method would involve focusing on the design of a single building and presenting quality work based on that project.

8. Maintain a journal

Maintain a journal from the beginning of the course. This lets you jot down important points regarding specific projects and can help conclude topics of your interest. Choosing a topic that interests you can keep the project very engaging.

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9. Do not reproduce the same content

There are high chances that your project could be very similar to a formal thesis project. Do not worry or stress out. Try finding methods to gain an understanding of the formal project. You are most likely to find points that can be further developed and can be looked at from a different perspective.

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